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Maria Leijerstam - Burn Series Race Director

Mini Burn Family Adventure Race


Forage Farm Shop & Kitchen, Penllyn Estate, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan,
CF71 7FF

The closing date for entries is 1 June 2024.

Fees: £30 per junior and £60 per adult.

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LATEST NEWS: Please ensure you have read the competitors information and taken a good look at the race maps. All can be found in our blog section.

Male Solo cycling in the Burn 2 Hour race


2.8 km run, 8 km mountain bike, 1 km kayak & 1 km foot navigation

In its third year, this is the perfect start for adults and juniors to experience Adventure Racing for the first time. No experience is required and no age limits, either way! For family teams, whatever your composition! Kayaks provided. Just bring a bike. Medals for all finishers and trophies for winners.

Race Timings

Staggered starts between 10.00 – 13:00. Your start time will be posted on this page a week prior to the event along with more detailed race information. The trophy giving will be at approximately 16:00 or once all teams have finished. We ask that you arrive at registration approximately 30 minutes prior to your start time.

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Group of female work colleagues at the Burn 2 adventure race

★ Family Team with a junior under 7 (2-4 participants)

★ Family Team with a junior 7 and over but under 12 (2-4 participants)

★ Family Team with a junior 12 and over but under 18 (2-4 participants)

★ Team over 18 (2-4 participants)

(For example, if you have one child who is 6 years old and another who is 8 years old, then you should enter the ‘Family Team with a junior under 7 category’. If both parents or adults are racing, then you could enter one adult and the 6 yr old as a pair in the ‘Family Team with a junior under 7’ and the other adult with the 8yr old as a pair in the ‘Family Team with a junior 7 or over but under 12’. Any questions just contact us!)

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All maps and route information can be seen on our blog pages and competitors information is coming soon

Further Race Information

DISTANCE & PHASES 2.8 km run, 3 km mountain bike, 1 km kayak & 1 km foot navigation phase & 5km mountain bike. There will be some special challenges along the way. 

TIMINGS & RESULTS  If you’d like to race competitively, you will be given a timing device to record your time. This is optional for those who would rather not race. Results will be based on those completing the full course first and then based on time second. This means it’s worth aiming to get around the whole course, even if it takes a little longer. There is no time limit.

FOOT PHASE A short undulating run on grass and a little pavement around the truffle field and chicken farm at Penllyn Estate will warm you up for the adventure ahead. 

CYCLING PHASES The cycling is on hard and soft-packed trails. There will be some ascent and descent on small stoney tracks and grass, and if wet, it’s likely to be very muddy in places – It will be an adventure! There will be a small section of road. HELMETS MUST BE WORN. One checkpoint will be at the top of the hill on the long course only. If you don’t own a bike, you must borrow one from a friend or hire one from one of our cycle partners. Details below.

KAYAKING PHASE The kayaking phase will be around four buoys in the lake. There will be plenty of water safety, and we will offer support and instruction if required. All kayaks and kayaking equipment is provided. For this event, the kayaking phase will be midway around the bike course, so we will have a small transition area for you to leave your bikes. You may want to carry some waterproof trousers in your bag for the kayaking phase, as you will get a wet bottom! Also, if you wear bike shoes, you may want to carry your trainers as the foot navigation phase will also occur here. 

FOOT NAVIGATION PHASE Straight after the kayak, you will be given a map featuring five checkpoints. All you need to do is find them! If you choose to race competitively, there will be time penalties for any checkpoints not found. You will then get back onto your bike to finish off the rest of the course. There will be a finish checkpoint at the end of the course.​

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Bike Hire & Logistics

BIKE HIRE  We have searched high and low for bike hire in the Vale of Glamorgan, but unfortunately, no such thing exists! Bikes can, however, be hired from Pedal Power in Cardiff or from Margam Park Adventure in Neath & Port Talbot. Both are happy for you to collect the night before. Please contact Pedal Power and Margam Park Adventure directly to make a booking. Pedal Power have excellent Isla and Frog bikes available for children and limited adult mountain bikes, and Margam Park have a variety of adult and children’s mountain bikes.

PARKING  Parking is available close to the event centre. It will be fully signposted when you arrive through the main entrance to Penllyn Estate.

CATERING Snacks and drinks will be available to purchase from Forage Away and a Hog Roast will be at the event centre in front of the farm shop. If you’d like a little more luxury then please contact Forage Farm Shop and cafe to book yourself a post-race table for lunch or an early dinner. Tables are limited.

ACCOMMODATION There are log cabins available to rent with Cowbridge Cabins on Penllyn Estate. Please contact them directly to make a booking.

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